Saturday, August 02, 2008

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression - What is it and How to handle Postpartum Depression?


Postpartum depression is actually a lot like depression, but only new moms are the possible victims of this illness. Postpartum depression actually happens after childbirth. Although it's quite common and a lot of women have learned to how to deal with it as well as successfully treat it.

Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields are currently engaging in a word war against each other because of a type of depression, called postpartum depression. Cruise's and Brooke's debacle started when Tom Cruise openly disapproved of Brooke Shield's personal choice of opting to take prescribed medicines to cure her postpartum depression, when he gusted at the Today Show.

According to Cruise, who is a popular devotee of Scientology (who believes that we can be cured through natural means and that taking medicine is doing our body harm), Brooke Shields should have instead, opted to cure her postpartum depression by doing healthy exercises. Adding to that a lot of people has been misinformed about depression and how to actually cure this common illness.

But what is postpartum depression really? We've heard about it often enough, yet are we really sure that we know enough about it for us to actually understand this illness in order for us to help ourselves as well as others?

Being pregnant should really be a source of joy for everyone, especially the mother to be, who for nine months will actually have living being grow from inside of her. Unfortunately, there is another side to this joyous occasion, being pregnant means that you and your body will have to get used to some adjustments for you to have a safe pregnancy.

Smoking, alcohol, strenuous activities as well as stress should be avoided at all cost. A healthy baby means having a healthy mother as well. But given that you have been able to successfully avoided all these bad habits for your baby to be, childbirth is a whole different thing, as much as we may try to avoid it, there are still some unfortunate cases wherein the mother's as well as the baby's life might be in danger.


About postpartum depression:
Postpartum depression actually happens after childbirth. Although it's quite common and a lot of women have learned to how to deal with it as well as successfully treat it (like Brooke Shields), it is still quite avoidable. Postpartum depression is actually a lot like depression, but only new moms are the possible victims of this illness.


Reasons for postpartum depression:
There are actually a lot possible reasons why postpartum depression occurs. Childbirth as we all know is not as easy as pie; actual physical stress from giving birth is one of the main reasons why postpartum depression occurs.

Next postpartum depression trigger is massive changes is hormonal levels. A lot of moms-to-be who were hesitant about bearing a child are also more susceptible to postpartum depression, those who are not ready to be a mother yet are more easily to get depressed as opposed to happy and excited moms-to-be.


What to do if postpartum depression happens?
When postpartum depression happens, it really is best to go to the doctor immediately. Aside from obviously having ill-effects for the new mother, postpartum depression can prove to be harmful to the child as well. New mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression may be harboring ill feelings toward their children. There are actually some cases of murder wherein postpartum depression has been cited as the reason. Mothers who suffer from postpartum depression may blame their child for their weight gain, thus feeling like they've become less attractive and unloved.

It is really best to consult a reputable cognitive behavior therapist to take care of your postpartum woes; your therapist may prescribe medications to help cure postpartum depression as well as therapy sessions to help relieve whatever pent emotions that you may have.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great article and I wish more people understand how important it is to get support ("It is really best to consult a reputable cognitive behavior therapist to take care of your postpartum woes; your therapist may prescribe medications to help cure postpartum depression as well as therapy sessions to help relieve whatever pent emotions that you may havef") for postpartum depression. It's difficult to see friends and family suffering alone with this. For too many new moms, postpartum depression makes this usually joyful time one of despair. This has been the case for many of my daughter’s friends who are overwhelmed and exhausted from the stress of managing a newborn baby and feel guilty that they are not enjoying this time. These women are suffering alone and ashamed of their feelings and thoughts. They can’t connect with their baby as they wish they could and not able to reach out for support. Too tired and overwhelmed, the only way to talk to someone is over the Internet. Luckily there are Online Therapists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen and support these women. My daughter and her friends found this support at http://www.MyTherapyNet.com . They don’t feel alone and isolated with their feelings and thoughts. It’s a great way for them to receive support discreetly and confidentially when they have 15- 30 minutes reprieve from taking care of their new baby.

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